The Smoke Ring: A Mixed Method Study

By Raglan Maddox, Rachel Davey, Tom Cochrane, Joan Corbett, Ray Lovett and Anke van der Sterren.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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To help inform tobacco control targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (Indigenous Australians) in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), the research explored smoking behaviours and assessed if there is an association between social and cultural factors and smoking behaviours; and if social networks influence smoking behaviours. Results indicate a more cohesive network among the smoking and non-smoking networks when compared to the total network. The complexity of smoking and the importance of education and social networks in tobacco use support the need to tailor tobacco control to effectively and efficiently utilize social network characteristics among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the ACT.

Keywords: Tobacco, Smoking, Aboriginal Smoking, Indigenous Australian, Community Health, Networks

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 5, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.55-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: June 16, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 719.588KB)).

Raglan Maddox

PhD Candidate, Centre for Research and Action in Public Health, Faculty of Public Health, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Rachel Davey

Director, Centre for Research and Action in Public Health, University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Tom Cochrane

Professor, Centre for Research and Action in Public Health, University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Joan Corbett

University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Dr. Ray Lovett

Research Fellow, Indigenous Social and Cultural Wellbeing (ISCW), Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Anke van der Sterren

University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia